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SolarWinds NPM installation preflight checklist

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Updated: June 6, 2017

Before installing, complete the pre-installation checklist below. This checklist helps you:

  • Verify that system requirements are met, all required software is installed, and required roles and features are enabled.
  • Gather the information required to complete the installation.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif Review release notes Review SolarWinds NPM release notes and available documentation in the Success Center.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif Review system requirements

Make sure your environment has all of the required hardware, software, and database requirements for your installations.

  • If you are installing into an existing Orion Platform installation, confirm that your environment meets the Multi-module system guidelines.
  • If this is the first Orion Platform product that you are installing, ensure that your environment meets the system requirements.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif Prepare product license

Review your current product licenses and determine if you need to make any changes. You can download any updated license keys through the Customer Portal.

If you need to modify your licenses, contact your SolarWinds account manager or SolarWinds.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif Gather credentials

Make sure you have all account credentials, SQL database credentials, your SolarWinds account, and local admin server credentials.

Use the Local Administrator Account for installation.

The Local Administrator Account is not the same as a domain account with local admin rights. A domain account is subject to your domain group policies.

To download SolarWinds products and licenses, you need a SolarWinds Customer Portal account. To create your SolarWinds account, see Access the Customer Portal.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif Schedule the installation Set up the maintenance window, preferably during off-peak hours. Depending on the number of products, size of databases, and size of environment, you may need hours to complete your installation.

Installations in an existing Orion Platform environment require polling engines and SolarWinds services to be offline for a length of time, causing you to lose a portion of polling data.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif Notify your company Send a message to your company about the installation schedule and maintenance window. If you need additional help with the installation process, contact and allocate staff to be available.

As part of your preflight, prepare the Orion environment:

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif 1. Prepare the environment
  • For new server installations, build the servers based on your deployment size and system requirements.
  • For installations into an existing Orion Platform, verify that enough drive space is available for installations. Products may require significant space for the downloaded installation ZIP file and installation process.
  • For an Orion Platform installation or integration, you may need to build additional polling engines, and an additional web server. For details, see the SolarWinds Scalability Guidelines.

If adding SolarWinds High Availability (HA) into your environment, review the HA requirements and VIP address information. Prepare two matching servers for installation.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif 2. Run all Windows updates Before installation, check for and run all Microsoft Windows Updates on all servers. As you install, if a Windows update runs, your system may reboot as needed by Windows. The installation cannot complete if your system is waiting to reboot.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif 3. Backup existing database

If you are installing with an existing database, back up the database. If you need help, check your vendor's site for documentation and instructions.

If you have your database on a VM, create a snapshot or copy of your VM.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif 4. Open ports according to requirements For your server ports and firewall, open ports according to the system requirements. Orion uses these ports to send and receive data.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif 5. Check for antivirus software

Determine if any antivirus software is installed on the server or servers where you plan to install. To ensure the installation goes smoothly, exclude the SolarWinds directory. For example, on Windows Server 2012 R2, exclude C:\ProgramData\SolarWinds\. For a full list of antivirus exclusions, see Files and directories to exclude from antivirus scanning.

SolarWinds assumes that C:\ is the default volume.

 

 

 

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